The Gregory Lynn
Andersen Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Gregory Lynn
Andersen, who graduated with great promise from the department. Gregory
Andersen received the Bachelor of Science in Physics cum laude from the
University of Washington in December 1980. He died tragically in an
automobile-bicycle accident only a month later. Gregory Andersen had
been an outstanding physics student. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa
and of the Physics Honors Program. He received the Emilie Peaslee
Scholarship for high academic achievement. As a student, he
participated in the research program of the University of Washington
Nuclear Physics Laboratory. At the time of his death he was engaged in
the design and construction of a magnetic spectrometer for the
The Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 as a memorial to
him by his parents, the Norman A. Andersen family, and friends. It is
awarded each year to a Physics Major for academic excellence, and is a
full tuition scholarship for the junior or senior year.
After her illustrious career, Dr. Mary L. Boas is happy to be able to offer a
small repayment to the department where she got her start and encourage
other women to be theoretical physicists. Dr. Boas received her
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Washington in 1938
and 1940, and her Ph.D. from M.I.T. Dr. Boas spent 30 years on the
faculty of the Physic Department at DePaul University in Chicago and
continued to teach, learn and write in the field of mathematical and
theoretical physics. She is the author of Mathematical Methods in the
Physical Sciences which is widely used across the country, including in
the UW undergraduate Mathematical Methods courses.
The Mary L. Boas Endowed Scholarship recognizes undergraduate women students in the
Department of Physics for outstanding academic achievements.
The Hans G. Dehmelt Prize was established by the distinguished Nobel Laureate
Professor Emeritus Hans G. Dehmelt. Dr. Dehmelt completed his Master’s
thesis in 1948 and his Ph.D. in 1950, both from University of Göttingen.
Dr. Dehmelt was invited to Duke University as a postdoctoral associate
in 1952, later accepting an assistant professor position at the
University of Washington in 1955. He conducted his research work on ion
traps, receiving the Davisson Germer Prize in 1970, elected to the
National Academy of Sciences in 1978, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics
in 1989 and the National Medal of Science in 1995. In September 2002,
after a brilliant career, Dr. Dehmelt retired from the University of
Washington as Professor Emeritus.
The purpose of this award is to recognize students in the
Department of Physics for outstanding achievements in the area of
“table-top” experimental physics. This award is given to an
undergraduate or graduate student based on academic merit.
The Henderson Family Prize commemorates Professor Joseph Henderson and his wife. Prof.
Henderson joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1929.
Mrs. Henderson was precluded from regular faculty appointment by the
anti-nepotism rules in effect, although she taught occasional courses.
The first Ph.D. awarded by the Department of Physics was earned by one
of Professor Henderson's students in 1934, and in all 25 students
received Ph.D.'s under Prof. Henderson's guidance. Research in nuclear
physics here began when he and his students undertook to build a high
voltage x-ray source for the Swedish Hospital to use in cancer therapy.
Prof. Henderson contributed substantially to the physics war effort in
World War II and he established the Applied Physics Laboratory here
afterwards. He served as Director of the Laboratory until 1969.
The Prize is financed by the Henderson Family Fund, established in
1983 by the gifts from Prof. and Mrs. Henderson, their family, friends,
colleagues, and former students. It is awarded for an outstanding Ph.D.
The Prize commemorates two early faculty members of the Department.
Professor Higgs earned a degree from the Department in 1919 and he
taught here from then until his retirement in 1966. He was outstanding
for his talent as an experimentalist and for his many contributions to
teaching, particularly in bringing physics alive through the design,
construction, demonstration and use of laboratory equipment. Professor
Osborn came to the University in 1902 as the first Professor of Physics
and Director of the Physics Laboratories.He served as department head
until his death in 1942.
The Prize is awarded to undergraduate students who have shown exceptional ability in laboratory courses. This award closed in Spring 2011.
The Sabastian Karrer Prize was established from a gift from Annie May Hurd Karrer in memory of her husband Dr. Sebastian Karrer. Dr. Karrer received his undergraduate and master's degrees in Physics at the University of Washington in 1911 and 1913, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1918. Dr. Karrer had a distinguished career in thermoelectricity, refrigeration and solid state physics at several universities, government laboratories and industries. He was consultant to the office of Scientific Research and received the National Defense Research Award of the Office of Naval Ordinance.
The Karrer Prize was first awarded in 1947. It is given to an outstanding student in the first three years of graduate study. The Award is made to a senior or graduate student on the basis of need, scholarship, and good character.
The Miller Physics Scholarship award honors the memory of Eugene Kenneth Miller, who was a
graduate student in the Department of Physics at the time of his death.
It is made possible through a bequest from Mr. John M. Miller.
|The Dahlstrom Prize:|
This award was established in 1993 in the name of Robert K. Dahlstrom
who in 1934 received the first Ph.D. in Physics awarded by the
University of Washington. His thesis work was directed by Professor Joe
Henderson, founder of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the UW. He
left Eastern Washington State College to do defense work during World
War II. After the war, he worked for the APL in Silver Spring, MD,
applying his physics to various defense problems. In his memory we
honored outstanding graduate students who passed the General Examination
in experimental physics. This award closed in 2000.
The Joseph H. Weis Prize honors the memory of an outstanding young theoretical
physicist and former member of this Department, who died in a mountain
climbing accident in 1978. Joseph Weis was known for his enthusiasm and
dedication to physics and for his concern for teaching.
This award was established in accordance with these commitments.
It provides for a travel grant each year to support a graduate student's
trip to a conference, a workshop, or a visit to a laboratory.
|Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching:|
This award was established in 2004 to honor excellence in teaching
graduate level courses. The awardee is selected by the graduate
|Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching:|
This award was established in 2004 to honor excellence in teaching
undergraduate courses. The awardee is selected by the undergraduate
student organization, the Society of Physics Students.
|Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching:|
This award was established in 2004 to honor excellence in serving as a
teaching assistant and includes the AAPT award of a subscription to the
American Journal of Physics.
|First Year Excellence in Teaching:|
This award was established in 2011 to
honor excellence in serving as a 1st year teaching assistant and
includes the AAPT award of a subscription to the American Journal of
|Mentoring Awards (Faculty):|
This award honors excellence in student mentoring by faculty.
|Mentoring Awards (Graduate):|
This award honors excellence in student mentoring by other students.